It’s Just a Cookie—Health At Every Size (HAES)
Marielle Berg, MFT
Marielle Berg, MFT, host of the podcast It’s Just a Cookie, talks about fat phobic language, body shaming, weight stigma and the false belief that body size is an indicator of psychological and emotional health. Marielle talks about the challenges of healthism, and labeling foods as healthy/unhealthy, which can result in compensatory eating. Marielle talks about the importance of having satisfaction and pleasure when eating, and learning to ask, “What am I hungry for?” We also talk about joyful movement vs. exercise and why this shift can be transformational.
- Our culture uses fat phobic language
- We discuss body shaming
- The language we use—fat vs. overweight or people in larger bodies
- Often body size is used as an indicator of psychological or emotional health
- 98% of people who lose weight gain it back; if it was just about the weight, this number wouldn’t be so high
- Gaining weight is not necessarily due to poor self-esteem or trauma
- If dieting worked, we’d be thin by now
- 12-step programs talk about eating as a spiritual problem
- Compensatory eating is a reaction to restricting foods
- Healthism talks about what is healthy or not healthy. Some foods are off limits which can lead to compensatory eating
- In the therapy world often a fat client is infantilized, and it is organized around need and intake
- There is a false belief that we are all meant to be thin
- It’s ok to get comfort from food—maybe that’s chicken soup or birthday cake. Either is acceptable
- We need to ditch the diet mentality
- We want to look at intuitive eating
- With food, we want permission, satisfaction and pleasure
- How hungry am I?
- What am I hungry for?
- Intuitive eating is a process
- We want to look at joyful movement vs. exercise
- If you’re interviewing a therapist or a nutritionist you want to ask
- Is it weight loss or weight management
- How do they feel about weight loss
- You want someone who has a weight neutral point of view
- You might want someone who is certified in intuitive eating
Marielle Berg is a psychotherapist and a coach who works with people healing from eating disorders, disorder eating and body shame through a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating lens.
Patricia Young hosts the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive, and works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).
Food Psych- https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych
Dieticians Unplugged- https://dietitiansunplugged.libsyn.com/
It’s Just a Cookie- https://cookierevolution.org/podcast/
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD
Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramore
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch
Facebook group Unapologetically Sensitive– https://www.facebook.com/groups/2099705880047619/
Music– Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson www.andyrobinson.com